Selection in initial and return migration: Evidence from moves across Spanish cities
Jorge De la Roca
No 2011-21, Working Papers from Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) Ciencias Sociales
This paper investigates the sorting of more productive workers into denser cities using administrative data for Spain that follow individuals continuously throughout their working lives. Migrants who move to denser cities are positively selected in terms of education, occupational skills, and individual productivity as proxied by premigration position in the local earnings distribution. However, not everyone is able to benefit equally from denser cities and this leads to a second round of sorting. Returnees are not only exante less productive than permanent migrants, but are also those who, following the first move, have least boosted up their earnings in denser cities.
Keywords: selection; urban migration; return migration; skill sorting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J61 R10 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Journal Article: Selection in initial and return migration: Evidence from moves across Spanish cities (2017)
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